Surprise! I am posting a day early.
In case you are wondering, this post is not about the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which I must admit I am having some difficulty getting my mind around. I did, however, like the animated Beauty and the Beast and the live-action Enchanted, so this new film could turn out to be the perfect escapist entertainment that I am craving right now.
This post is about breathing new life into an old piece.
I bought this tweed jacket from JCrew in 2009.
You may wonder why I remember the year so well? I remember because I was wearing this jacket when I had to make not one, but two trips to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in one day to see that a complaint was timely filed. Suffice it to say, that when a partner is chatting face-to-face with the clerk of the court to ensure that a complaint will be docketed before 4:00 p.m., something has gone off the rails . . . I remember it like yesterday.
Things I like about this jacket very much: it’s tweed; it’s soft (some tweeds are stiff or scratchy); it’s subtle; it’s comfortable.
But it’s a little boxy.
Last week I had an idea: I could belt it!
This idea dovetailed nicely with another idea I had a couple of months ago: I should up my belt game!
I ordered a few belts from YOOX that looked interesting and these are the results.
First, a skinny, strappy, double belt in black patent leather.
This belt looks like a pair of belts — and from one side may look like even more than that — but it’s all one belt.
It took me a little while to figure out how to buckle it and I did have to have a few extra holes punched, which may mean I did not figure out how to buckle it correctly. Regardless, chic — right?
I just tossed on this blouse and these jeans for the purpose of photographing the jacket with belts. Not sure I would wear this particular blouse out-and-about; I generally prefer a straight hem if the hem of my blouse is longer than my jacket.
Here is a view from the back.
This red belt is my favorite. It’s patent leather, which you know I love, and styled like the self-belt of a trench coat. I should be so lucky as to have a red patent leather trench coat.
Be advised: the knot is faux. Operationally, this belt works like a cummerbund and snaps in the back.
Allow me to show you the back.
It’s pretty irresistible:
Last, a fairly simple black nubuck belt — although even this belt is not plain. The edges of this belt are scalloped and it’s perforated its entire length. No need to punch extra holes here!
As silly as this may sound, I am deriving a lot of satisfaction from this styling trick. Sometimes a small change makes all the difference.
Jacket: JCrew: Shirt: Talbots; Black patent belt: Uniqueness; Red patent belt: Maison Margiela 11; Black nubuck belt: Proenza Schouler